Most lives are spent waiting. Waiting for dreams to manifest, for trouble to end, and for life to be happy. Golden Zen reflects on the brillance of the NOW and the winks we receive from our Source to remind us we possess it all. Golden Zen is practical and mystical, instructive and reflective. You are my invited guest.

Posts tagged ‘kindness’

Can You Trust Someone In Heaven?

There is a short, very short story about Heaven and Hell.

We are told it’s a myth.

Both destinations are depicted in a picture.
Both are set in large rooms with banqueting tables.
Each table is laden with delicious food and every diner has 5 foot long chop sticks.

In hell, they are trying to feed themselves, with no success.  They are starving and in the agony of deprivation.

In heaven, they are feeding someone else across the table, with no guarantee that they will in turn, be fed.


Are you feeding anyone across the way from you love, attention, kindness, gentleness or peace?
Do you fear you will give and not receive back enough in return?

Or do you find yourself too afraid to be that vulnerable?

Are we creating our own experience of hell by trying desperately to feed all our insecurities, only to find ourselves starving and in want?

In the Grace of the Moment


Thank you to Andrew Corbett for the picture for today.


We Are Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Here at Golden Zen, Ginger and I are rolling out the red carpet for some very special friends of ours.  We want to honor those to whom honor is due.

Here is how it all started:

I received a surprise email from someone I had never met but had seen around in the blogosphere.  She informed me that Golden Zen was to be her next “site of the week” and that she would write a post about us, and promote us.

Needless to say, I was surprised.  I went to visit her site, and found that sure enough, the site existed and was featuring Golden Zen.  What do you say to such a kindness?

Instantly my mind kicked into action. (Oh no, look out, wreckage flying!)  If she gave me this favor, what could I do in return?  Blah, blah, blah.  To be honest, it was my ego that went “crazy” because someone was doing me a favor, and I had to be seen in a “good light”.

Don’t’ get me wrong, I am all for etiquette and generosity and respect, but my response came from a head game that gets me into trouble.  I have a knack for wanting to jump into action and begin repaying before I have even enjoyed the gift someone offers.  No stillness there, let me tell you.

So, I stopped and breathed and asked myself, “How do you really want to respond”?
I want to be grateful, to be gracious, and receive.  No drama.  No posturing.  Simply accept.

So I say a big welcome to all of Barbara’s friends at Blogging Without A Blog!  You are more than welcome here.  Please nose around and make yourself feel at home.  You have to meet Ginger.

I will be making my rounds to meet you too.

While I am on the topic of red carpets, I am reminded of the “Butterfly Effect.”  It is a movie yes, but it is a scientific fact, that all things trigger other things and we never know where they will go.
I read some great stuff on the butterfly effect this week at  6 Weeks.   It was picked up by another great blog Wilson’s Words And Pictures  and a great discussion metamorphosized.

And finally, Barbara’s actions have inspired me to think of the “pay it forward” concept.

There is one blog that I would like to pay it forward to on a regular basis.  He is the first person I connected with after I posted Golden Zen.  In fact, I wrote to him and asked him to give me some guidance, which he did without hesitation.  Here was a guy I didn’t know from Adam, who lived in England, and he became an instant friend.  I am grateful.  No wonder his site is called Secret To Life , because Simon certainly a secret to life going for him.

I am grateful for every reader.  Those who leave comments are leaving a path for butterflies to follow. 

In the Grace of the Moment,


Photo Credits: Thanks so much to those who offer such a wonderful compliment to words.


The H,I,J, and K of Golden Zen

The following I offer as a continuing series based on the ABC’s of Golden Zen.  The purpose is to allow the concepts to be read without much commentary and absorbed by the reader at your level of consciousness.   You are always free to comment or ask questions.

H – Harmony:  In Golden Zen we recognize that the events and people in our lives are part of the harmony ( symphony, accord, concord, concordance, concurrence, consonance, rapport, tune, unity) of the universe.  Every one is connected somehow to the other, and each bringing us tokens from the world we don’t physically see and yet where we all belong.

I – Intelligence: You may remember from your science studies that the human body, plant life, and undersea mysteries are intricately woven in an intelligent complexity that baffles even the brilliant scientific mind. Can you even imagine the intelligence of entire Universe?  This is, if for no other reason, a powerful reason to learn how to be still and silent and visit the “void.”  The intricacies that exist, all in simplistic intention, can center you, and make the complex seem simple.

J- Jubilee: Golden Zen celebrates freedom.  In the biblical days, the Jewish people were commanded to celebrate a yearlong period of freedom, where people must quit working, slaves were to be set free, and if you had lost your land to anyone for any reason it was to be restored.  For us it is a celebration of imperfection.  Everyone gets a fresh new start – not from working for it or striving or conniving, but as a gift of grace, a restoration, a new day!

K -Kindness: This heart of kindness begins with oneself, finding the generous heart within to show kindness to your “form” without.  Many moral standards and religious ideals talk about kindness, to go so far as to put ourselves last and others first as a way of being kind and spiritual.  Of course, there are times for sacrifice, and we don’t diminish that expression.  Kindness to others however, can become strained when offered by a worn out heart and body.  Begin with yourself, with words and actions that honor the creation that you are, and allow kindness to become your nature.

 In the Grace of the Moment,


Thank you to the fine photograpers at flickr: Adrian Warren


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